I am sure that rabid “right wing reactionary” dogs like Pamela Geller and her pack of wild hyenas are thrilled with the news that the Indiana Governor has decided not to seek the GOP nomination.
“The decision is sure to disappoint the governor’s many supporters, among them several prominent Republican governors who thought Mr. Daniels’s deep résumé and record as cost-cutter in Indiana would add ballast to the 2012 GOP field.
In the end, he said, the decision came down to family. “I was able to resolve every competing consideration but one, but that, the interests and wishes of my family, is the most important consideration of all,” he said in an e-mail sent after midnight.”
Geller and others like her have been maligning Gov. Daniels for a few weeks now, over some award given to him. This was over and above the many positive things he has accomplished in the state of Indiana–since he was first elected. Despite the firestorm however, I do not think this incident played a significant part in Daniels’ decision not to run at this time.
What I do think a large component in this decision is–his family’s desire to not have Daniels’ personal life under the microscopes of people like Geller and her sycophants. She has a large group of foot soldiers who can dig up dirt, send it to her for nefarious interpretations, and she uses it on her blog for filler on slow days. They do all of this, without fact checking or competent analysis on their part. They send her stuff that she would like to post and there are times when she just throws it up, without any scrutiny. Once Pammy says it, it becomes gospel in her army of soldiers’ minds (much like the robots on the left).
Bottom line here, the Governor simply did not want his personal life plastered all over far-right wing and borderline fascist blogs who have nothing better to do than to spew venom about things they know little about, things that have no business being in the public discourse at all. The things I speak of involve marital issues with his wife and were touched on in this Indy Star write-up.
But not only would the Gellers of the world plaster this all over their blogs and give Democrats plenty of material for the general election, the overly pious judgment seat sitting evangelicals will take the Daniels’ private affairs to task, as well. Dobson Inc. derailed the Romney campaign last time around, albeit for all of the wrong reasons. As a result we got stuck with McCain as our only hope to stop the Obama machine. It’s highly likely what’s left of the fundamentalist movement will do the same thing with Daniels under the banner of “family values”.
Either way, these misguided naive individuals have gotten their way before the campaign could even unfold. Daniels had to know what low-life attacks were awaiting him, had he decided to get into the race. So he decided to nip it in the bud before they could find enough nasty comments to hurt his daughters and wife in the process. There would be no policy debates, because they would lose. It wouldn’t be centered on economics, because Gov. Daniels has a solid fiscal record, unmatched by anyone else in the field right now.
The sad part is not that Mitch Daniels will not be running for President next year. The sad part is knowing that many good people will never get the chance to do what they can do, to fix the mess we are in right now. The sad part is we may end up with another 4 years of Barack Obama and the nation could not withstand the damage he could do in that amount of time. The sad part is people like Geller and Dobson are just as responsible for this mess because their influences create this kind of climate in politics.
Like I have said many times before, the best people for the job do not want the job. In this kind of scenario that is generated by such ignorance and hate, the American people are the big losers.